Paris Masters 2021: Novak Djokovic vs. Gael Monfils Tennis Pick and Prediction
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Paris Masters 2021: Novak Djokovic vs. Gael Monfils Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 Paris Masters as Novak Djokovic takes on Gael Monfils in the Round of 16 on Thursday, November 4th, 2021.

Will World No. 1 Novak Djokovic win another title at the Paris Masters? Will Gael Monfils record a rare victory over Djokovic? We preview one of tennis’ long-standing rivalries, which has been remarkably one-sided down the years. Will it be a case of normal service resuming, or a big shock is in store?

Novak Djokovic should be home and dry when it comes to his bid of clinching the year-end No. 1 ranking for a record seventh time. He faces stiff competition from Daniil Medvedev – the man who ended his Grand Slam dominance in 2021. There are plenty of permutations, but the easiest to digest is the fact that he only needs to win the title at the Paris Masters this week. It would put Djokovic clear of Pete Sampras in the all-time list and puts a seal on another tremendous year for this 34-year-old winning machine. Djokovic’s first singles match since that chastening loss in the US Open final came in the second round of the Paris Masters. He saw off an inspired Marton Fucsovics 6-2 4-6 6-3 to set up a meeting against Gael Monfils.

Gael Monfils, for his part, has reached this stage following his very own three-set win over Adrian Mannarino in all-French second-round match. The flamboyant Monfils improves to 18-17 for the year and remains on course to achieve a Top 20 ranking yet again. He remains a perennial danger under the roof and more so at the Paris Masters where has reached back-to-back finals, more than a decade ago. Novak Djokovic will be fully aware of his opponent’s qualities, but can Monfils really thwart Djokovic at last?

Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils have met 17 times before this. Astonishingly, it is the Serbian World No. 1 who has won each of those matches without reply. Monfils came agonizingly close to inflict a first defeat over Djokovic in their series in the semifinals of Dubai last season. But the Frenchman squandered multiple match points in their Dubai showdown and lost in three sets. Since then both players fortunes have taken different itineraries. Djokovic has won pretty much everything there was to win, while Monfils’ slump extended to the current campaign. The Frenchman is on a salvage mission this week, but it is hard to see him getting anything from this match.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win in 2 sets.

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